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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Role of remote sensing in desert locust early warning
Author(s): Keith Cressman
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Paper Abstract

Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria, Forskål) plagues have historically had devastating consequences on food security in Africa and Asia. The current strategy to reduce the frequency of plagues and manage desert locust infestations is early warning and preventive control. To achieve this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations operates one of the oldest, largest, and best-known migratory pest monitoring systems in the world. Within this system, remote sensing plays an important role in detecting rainfall and green vegetation. Despite recent technological advances in data management and analysis, communications, and remote sensing, monitoring desert locusts and preventing plagues in the years ahead will continue to be a challenge from a geopolitical and financial standpoint for affected countries and the international donor community. We present an overview of the use of remote sensing in desert locust early warning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2013
PDF: 13 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1) 075098 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.075098
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 7, Issue 1
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Keith Cressman, Food and Agriculture Organization (Italy)


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